Geology

This is what Niagara Falls looks like when all the water is shut off

Would you believe the millions of gallons of water that rush over Niagara Falls can be turned off? It’s happened before and is about to happen again. All the water from the American side of Niagara Falls (the American Falls) will be rerouted in order to allow repairs to infrastructure. When that happens, we’ll see the bone-dry cliff where the water previously roared. The last time the falls were shutoff was 1969 (see photo above and pictorial gallery below). The Army Corps of Engineers stopped the flow in order to see how the rushing water was eroding the falls. To do this, the 60,000 gallon-per second flow was diverted to Horseshoe Falls and the Robert Moses generating plant upriver. Now the parks department once again wants to…
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Weather

Grab your bathing suits and sunscreen – ocean levels are rising much faster than we thought

Scientists this week admit that they goofed (again) when estimating the increasing sea levels that result from global warming. If you live in any of the eleven of the fifteen largest cities in the world, you might want to make sure you have a bathing suit handy. Eleven of the fifteen largest cities in the world are located on the coast with lovely oceanside views. Typically these seaside residents take great pride in their sunny beachfront locations, proclaiming with renewed fervor, “Nah, nah, nah, we live by the ocean and enjoy frolicking on the beach all day!” In 100 years however, these cries of joy may change tune and sound more like, “Blub, blub, blub” as the Oceanside residents wonder how the waters rose so fast…
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Science Word of the Day

What is “water poisoning”?

YES!  Just what Reeko likes to see - a kid interested in learning!  Check back here every week to see what the new Science Word of the Day is.  Just think, after a year of this you'll be a genius!  This science word for today is: "water poisoning". Water poisoning We all know we must have water, or H2O, to survive. Since water makes up 66 percent of the human body, it’s pretty easy to understand that without water, we will not live long. Water lurks in the spaces between the cells and it constantly being excreted through sweat, urination, and when we exhale. You have to replace all that lost water but, you can indeed drink too much water. In 2010, a 28-year-old California…
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Science Tips

Science facts about water

Here are a few tidbits about water that we’ll bet you didn’t know. Raindrops are not tear-shaped. Scientists, using high-speed cameras, have discovered that raindrops resemble the shape of a small hamburger bun. About 70% of the human body is water. Life on earth probably originated in water. More than half of the world's animal and plant species live in the water. Almost 75% of the earth is covered in water. The human body needs 2 liters of water a day in our climate; we can last only a few days without water. Most of our food is water: tomatoes (95%), spinach (91%), milk (90%), apples (85%), potatoes (80%), beef (61%), hot dogs (56%). Not sure what's going on here? Check out the instructions here!
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